‘Way Out West’ art exhibition celebrates the region

Show runs through Western Welcome Week and beyond

Sonya Ellingboe
sellingboe@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 7/26/21

More than 50 artworks with a Western theme, created in a variety of styles and techniques by Littleton Fine Arts Guild members, fill the Stanton Gallery at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main Street …

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‘Way Out West’ art exhibition celebrates the region

Show runs through Western Welcome Week and beyond

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More than 50 artworks with a Western theme, created in a variety of styles and techniques by Littleton Fine Arts Guild members, fill the Stanton Gallery at Town Hall Arts Center, 2450 W. Main Street in downtown Littleton, in “Way Out West,” featuring art by members of the Littleton Fine Arts Guild.

The juried show, which opened July 13, runs through Western Welcome Week and ends Sept. 12. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to coincide with box office hours.

A viewer can perhaps experience a mini-vacation by wandering around this pleasant gallery, with landscapes to carry you into the mountains or east onto the plains, but the Best of Show winner chosen by juror Gene Youngman pictures a working cowboy on his horse, reaching in his pocket for a cigarette.

Brian Serff’s watercolor painting, “Need a Smoke,” is a close-up, showing part of the horse and part of the cowboy, seemingly casual, but expertly rendered. (Beginning painters could learn a good deal by studying this one! Especially about when to stop, what to leave out ...)

Second Place went to “Jamboree Cook,” an oil painting by David George, with the cowboy cook stirring a big pot that practically smells good as you see the steam flowing out of the pot he’s hovering over! This one also is worth studying a bit for technique — it seems loose and casual, but every stroke has a place ... It’s a pleasure to recognize the variety of skills LFAG members bring to an exhibit.

Third Place was awarded to Deanne Sanders’ happy-looking “Chicken on the Run,” an acrylic work.

Honorable Mentions went to: “Inside Old Betsy,” photographer Peggy Dietz’s look under the hood of an ancient truck; Carl Paulson’s “A Small Bite”: a close-up portrait of a very bright green grasshopper munching. (Couldn’t stop a giggle on that one!) The third Honorable Mention was awarded to Sue Jasen for her strong watercolor, “Winter’s Color.”

I started thinking about what great gifts many of these paintings would be as I walked around the Stanton Gallery — for a child’s room, a recent graduate, newlyweds — or just for yourself!

The exhibition will be followed by “Fantastik Fall,” Sept. 14 to Oct. 21, and “Holiday Harmony” (affordableart at under $200.) All will include art from Littleton Fine Arts Guild members, who also exhibit work at the nearby Depot Art Gallery, 2069 W. Powers Ave., where the “All Colorado at the Depot” exhibit runs through Sept. 11 (open for other Colorado artists, as well as LFAG members) — not to be confused with the “All Colorado Show” at Curtis Center for the Arts through August.

If readers haven’t visited Town Hall’s gallery before Western Welcome Week parade day, be sure to stop in then — but this really deserves a quiet visit on its own for a quiet hour or so!

Most are framed, although a few small matted works are also available.

“Way Out West” can also be viewed online at depotartgallery.org/way-out-west/.

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